Bradford rock trio Stand Alone have that magic ability to create hard-hitting songs that pack a punch yet are also deliciously melodic – a knack they’ve termed as “three-piece power.”
The trio of Gavin Stevenson (guitar and lead vocals), Tom Durrans (drums and backing vocals) and Luke Harrison (bass and backing vocals) have an intense rock sound that you can’t help but get into, be it nodding your head, singing along or having a good old mosh.
Their latest offering Save You is a testament to exactly that. It opens up with a chugging guitar riff soon joined by smashing cymbals then drops into a verse of low vocals that kick into life with heavier guitar support building into another burst of chugging riffs. High-pitched guitars come in alongside more lively vocals building into a pre-chorus cry of “Cos you push your way into my mind, It’s the same old shit every single day of my life.”
An almost punky chorus then drops into a chilled out section that ends with chugging bass then explodes into booming riffs and cymbal-led rock-out. Everything drops out then they launch straight into a bigger, heavier repeat of the chorus before ending on cool repeating staccatoed guitar chords and pounding cymbals. Check it out in the video below:
Looking further back, there’s the equally good Demons, which opens with a cheeky bass riff then launches into a huge smash of guitar and cymbal noise before singalong vocals are countered by chugging riffs. Check it out in the video below:
And in terms of what to expect from the latest single and the band’s sound generally, in Gavin’s words: “Lots of catchy hooks, plenty of riffs and a disco breakdown to get you moving! I’d say expect a few riffs, crashing drums and bass, lots of hooks and harmonies put into a melting pot to create what we like to call our ‘three-piece power’ sound.”
Gavin tells us his strongest influence is Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman, on who he tells us: “The guy is a genius and I’m really happy to see him back full-time making music,” while their writing has been influenced by Biffy Clyro and harmonies more from The Beatles and other more traditional singer / songwriter artists.
And lyrically, their songs are largely inspired by overcoming adversity. As Gavin explains: “I think it’s absolutely vital. Everyone who’s in a band says it but music is our life. It’s got me out of so many different states of mind just when I needed it and I think as a listener you can definitely buy into that.
“This year has been a tough year personally for the members of our band so now more than ever music is so important to us, whether that be our own music or our favourite bands. I’d love for people to connect with us in the same way we have with others.”
The band should have an EP out soon, so keep an eye out for that. They’re also touring across the UK, beginning with a gig at Lending Room in Leeds alongside All Sirens Fall tomorrow (Friday, 23 February). More info on all their upcoming gigs is here.